Saturday, 11 December 2010


After many weeks not painting any main work, I felt the need to get away from sketchbooks and practicing for Italy, so decided I needed a second acrylic work to pair with my AFTER THE RAIN on 76 x 61 cms canvas. I had a rummage through many references from my photos to previous paintings to get ideas and then just got out my varied acrylics from both Liquitex heavy and soft body to Liquitex ink, a one inch Pro Arte acrylic brush and simply wacked on diagonal streaks of blue and white paint across what might become the sky area. Then filled the area below in shades of blues, greens and naples, with a few ideas for distant trees and flower borders in the front.

To date it has arrived at this, by which time I had decided to soften the blue of the sky, use the same hue for irises in the foreground and reduce the width area of the left and right flower borders.

Working backwards, here are some images showing the transitions as I worked without any particular ref in mind, apart from the shapes of the tall hollyhocks on the left.

Here you can see the earlier darker more vibrant sky I obliterated and the wider borders I removed.

I think this was the first photo I took, simply to remind myself how I had begun.

Where it now takes me I have no idea after the best part of a week away, but it certainly contrasts well with the original painting I wish to pair it with shown below, which you may remember from a much earlier posting.


travelingsuep said...

Gosh Very different from the original. I look forward to the finished piece.

RHCarpenter said...

Well, I am thoroughly impressed! Taking just a few colors and areas of color and making this? I could never come up with it at all. I admire anyone who can just work from pure imagination and make something so pretty.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Joan, like Rhonda, I am totally impressed. This is so rich already with depth and details...Wow! Gorgeous!

Vicki Greene said...

I am very impressed also. You have created something beautiful. I think my imagination must be locked up in a cage - lol.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

You have all been very generous with your comments. I suspect I can just 'play' with colour when it relates to gardens and flowers because I have been painting them on and off in all media and styles for over 30 years.

hot girl said...

beautiful picture.
nice blog.

Sandra Rowney said...

That should make a good pair Joan, did you say they were destined for France?